Boxing: Clonoe Boxing Club find new home

Clonoe Boxing Club's Patrick McDonagh who claimed an Ulster title recently
Clonoe Boxing Club's Patrick McDonagh who claimed an Ulster title recently

Clonoe Boxing Club are hoping to continue their rich tradition with a move to a new temporary home at the Naomh Colmcille Hurling Club grounds on Washingbay Road, just outside Coalisland.

The club started in 1972 and was originally established by Frank Gervin after being approached by Patsy Taggart. The club has been responsible for turning the fortunes of many young men.

The club first spent two years based at Clonoe, before moving to a permanent base on the Washingbay Road, Coalisland, where many champion boxers honed their skills.

However, a change of legal ownership on the current building has caused the club to look for new premises and following a series of fortunate circumstances the members of Naomh Colmcille Hurling Club have kindly stepped in to offer Clonoe ABC a temporary home whilst the ongoing fundraising continues at pace to get their new build from planning stages to reality.

Club Chairman Martin Mallon said: “This is a new and exciting chapter in the club’s development. It is part of an overall plan for the club which will see us raising funds and push forward with a new build development that will enhance our current offering to the Coalisland community.

“We intend to have a purpose built clubhouse that will continue the good work which Frank Gervin our coach and founder began so many years ago.”

Club secretary Nuala Kelly, daughter of the late Frank Gervin, believes the spirit for which the club is renowned will undoubtedly produce up-and-coming talent in the near future.

In the last couple of weeks the club have been represented by two current boxers competed in national competitions having won two Ulster Championship medals to add to the clubs impressive tally of awards.

Any club is only as good as its coaches and throughout the years Clonoe ABC has had a wealth of talented individuals willing to donate their time, skills and knowledge in making the club a true success.

The current group of coaches Ronan McCann, Brian Campbell, Kayleigh Magee, James Gervin and Head Coach Jamsie O’Hagan are determined to continue on the legacy of the club.

Clonoe ABC fund raising committee are currently in the process of organising a Gala dinner, ‘Continuing the Legacy’ in Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 29th August to raise funds for the new clubrooms, and would be grateful for any donations offered during a Flag Day in Coalisland on May 9th.